Lazio told to the Chamber, 120 years of debates and more

‘Montecitorio biancoceleste’, a book by Emanuele Gatto tells the story of the capital’s first team through parliamentary documents. The murders of King Cecconi, Paparelli and Sandri, the tax debts, but also the no to artificial lakes and the problems of the Flaminio stadium

The fans of Lazio they hope that the stadium Flaminius can return to being that of one’s favorite team and that it is removed from the current degradation, but already on 19 January 1960 the DC deputy Marcello Simonacci asked the ministers of Public Works and Tourism “how much of the 800 million spent on the construction” of that system had “been used for drainage work, considering that on Sunday 17 January the referee was forced to suspend Lazio-Genoa in the first minute, because the pitch was reduced to a rice field”. And if today the conflict between Russia and Ukraine hinders the participation of Russian athletes in sporting events, on 15 October 1954, in the early years of the Cold War, speaking in the Chamber of Deputies, the PCI deputy Orazio Barbieri asked why the government had not authorized a Soviet representative to meet one from Lazio and Rome.

Controversy over the validity and effectiveness of drugs and medical treatments is not just a constant in recent times, especially after Covid, given that on 16 March 1976 the MSI MP Cesco Baghino addressed a question to the Minister of Health, underlining that “due to tension on the board of directors of the San Martino hospital in Genoa, Professor Imperato is unable to continue the particular research to which he has dedicated himself for years to treat cancer patients, with his own methods”. Among his patients also the legendary coach of Lazio, Tommaso Maestrelliwho in a few months would have to surrender to the disease.

These are some of the curiosities, in some cases real gems, contained in Emanuele Gatto’s book ‘Montecitorio biancoceleste. Since 1900, Lazio in the Chamber’s recordsEraclea editions, a new and original way of narrating the over 120 years of history of the capital’s first team.

the murders of Re Cecconi, Paparelli and Sandri but not only

The story of the echoes that reach the Assembly and the commissions of dramatic events such as the murders of Luciano Re Cecconi, Vincenzo Paparelli and Gabriele Sandri; of dark and controversial moments such as football betting; of controversies linked to episodes of violence, racism and anti-Semitism.

However, raise your hand if you know that even Lazio, in the midst of the fascist dictatorship and therefore contradicting an easy and superficial common belief, together with many other public and private bodies, was opposed to the construction, by the Terni company, of two artificial lakes in the plains of Opi and Barrea within the Abruzzo National Park. The deputy Erminio Sipari, cousin of Benedetto Croce, spoke about it on 18 December 1926 in a question to the head of government and various ministers, shortly thereafter coming into conflict with leading exponents of the regime.

The book also contains references to moments that remain engraved in the minds and hearts of Lazio fans. This is the case of the question presented by the CCD deputy Giuseppe Barone, which three days before the historic May 14, 2000 and after the controversy following Cannavaro’s canceled goal in Juventus-Parma, asks the Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities “if he does not intend to quickly suggest to the FIGC and the teams the use of a foreign referee and therefore not subject to environmental pressure pro or con” for Perugia-Juventusthen entrusted to the management of Pierluigi Collina.

the discussions for the installment of the debt with the Revenue Agency

The chapter dedicated to the heated debate that followed the agreement between theRevenue Agency and the Lazio for the installment of the tax debt, with a fierce Giorgio Benvenuto, former secretary of the Uil and deputy of the DS, at the forefront in contesting the decision, and the Northern League member Daniele Molgora, undersecretary of the Economy, who does not hide his doubts despite speaking from government benches.

Moreover, as the author Gatto, a journalist who deals with politics and culture, explains, “reporting the ‘cold news’, positive or negative, praiseworthy or denigrating, was the direction along which we moved”, with “the I hope that from now on the historiography of Lazio can open up to new lines of research”.